Fall 2018 Biweekly Seminar Series -Quantum Optics for Fundamental Tests and Applications

University of Calgary, SIAM student chapter conducted a Fall 2018 Biweekly series in Quantum Optics which was presented by Dr. Christoph Simon, Department of Physics and Astronomy on November 27, 2018. Dr. Simon described the many facets of quantum optics research through examples from his own career. He spoke about the theoretical and practical work demonstrating quantum-non locality, superposition and entanglement to a macroscopic level. He then discussed implementing a global quantum network, on the possible existence of photonic communication channels in the brain and super-resolution imaging.

Dr. Christoph Simon studied physics at the University of Vienna, obtained his master’s degree at Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris and did a Ph.D with Anton Zeilinger from the University of Vienna. He was a postdoc with Dirk Bouwmeester in Oxford and UC Santa Barbara. He became an Associate Professor at the University of Calgary in 2009 and a professor in 2016.


Fall 2018 Biweekly Seminar Series -MITACS Information Sessions

Two MITACS Information Sessions were organised by the SIAM University of Calgary Student Chapter on November 1st and November 8th, 2018 to provide internship opportunities for graduate students. Internships from a broad spectrum of engineering and science disciplines are available for interested students. The session speakers Mr. Angelo Nwigwe and Mr. Oba Harding, who are the current Directors of Business Development, Mitacs Alberta provided information on internships, exchange opportunities and other mitacs programs.

Seminar: Analysis of Clustered Diagnostic Tests Subject to Misclassification Using Latent Variable Modelling

Title: Analysis of Clustered Diagnostic Tests Subject to Misclassification Using Latent Variable Modelling
Speaker: Dr. Hua Shen, Department of Mathematics & Statistics, University of Calgary
Location: Mathematical Sciences MS 431
Date: Thursday, March 15, 2018
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Seminar: Elastic Seismic FWI for Reservoir Characterization


Dr. Innanen introduced the problem of interest and a number of related challenges, and then he talked about some methods by which those challenges can be addressed. He finished his presentation by an example which was one of the recent projects that he had worked on. This seminar was appreciated by a number of graduate students and faculty members, mainly from the faculty of science.

Upcoming Seminar: Elastic Seismic FWI for Reservoir Characterization


Speaker: Dr. Kristopher Innanen, University of Calgary
Location: Mathematical Sciences 431
Date & Time: February 08, 2018. 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Title: Elastic Seismic FWI for Reservoir Characterization

Seismic full waveform inversion (FWI) as a technology is now regularly applied to problems in marine, i.e., offshore resource exploration and monitoring.  FWI also seems to have the potential to become a major technology for monitoring elastic and rock physics properties of producing heavy oil and low-permeability reservoirs.  However, some of the technical challenges faced by geophysicists in applying FWI, such as managing seismic attenuation, leakage between parameters, computational burden, etc., grow in land/elastic environments.  I will give an overview of the look and feel of seismic FWI, which is at its heart a very large Newton optimization, point out where the technical bottlenecks are, discuss workarounds, and finish with an example of FWI applied in a producing Western Canadian unconventional reservoir that suggests we’re moving in the right direction.

About the speaker:

Kris Innanen received the BSc and MSc degrees from York University in 1996 and 1998, in Earth Science/Physics and Physics respectively, and the PhD degree in geophysics from the University of British Columbia in 2003.  He joined the Department of Physics at the University of Houston as an Assistant Professor in 2005 and the Department of Geoscience at the University of Calgary as an Associate Professor in 2009.  In 2016 he took on the directorship of the CREWES consortium. In 2006 he received the J. Clarence Karcher award from the Society of Exploration Geophysicists.